A Traveling Tray

In the digital age in which we live, words, books and the entire printing process seem to be going away. For someone who has spent the majority of her life hanging out in bookstores and libraries and working  for a newspaper, the change is sad. While I appreciate the ability to carry dozens of books on my Nook and love the speed of e-mail and the convenience of text messaging, I am still nostalgic for the smell of ink, the feel of the pages in a brand-new book and the excitement that comes from finding a card in the mailbox. Yes, I am that crazy girl who rather look up a book in a digital database, but dreams of owning her own card-catalog cabinet. And, while I would never trade a computer to go back to the old days of setting type, I would give just about anything to own a wooden cabinet that once held the letters.

So, when Tim Holtz came out with a printer’s tray as part of his Configurations line through Ideaology, I knew I had to buy it — even though I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make with it. It sat in my craft room for a few months while I thought of the possibilities.

Then, Matt & I took a vacation in Manistee, along Michigan’s west coast, and had such a wonderful time that I knew it was worthy of recording in the tray. Here’s what I came up with …

You can click on the photo for a larger view.

I used quite a few techniques and wanted to share a few with you …

I started by painting the outside of the tray, along with the insides of the boxes I planned to put photos in, with an Adirondack Paint Dabber. Then, I created some glazes with Perfect Pearls and went over the outside with them. The end result looks kind of like wood and has a soft, silky feel.

Next, I covered the edges of each of the interior boxes with Tissue Tape. It was too light/bright for my project, so I covered it in Walnut Distress Ink to tone it down a bit.

Then I glued each of the boxes into the tray with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear adhesive and added metal photo corners, also from Tim Holtz. At that point, I was ready to decorate.

I cut photos to size and placed them in many of the boxes. I used paper from Simple Stories to accent a few of the boxes. The brads and embellishments are, for the most part, from Tim Holtz. The metal flower is from Graphic 45 and the decorative brad shown here is from Bo Bunny. I also added a few rocks and the saying in the top photo was cut from a travel magazine.

In this box, I filled one of Tim’s tiny jars with sand taken from the beach. I added a label from 7 Gypsies, fiber from We R Memory Keepers and a tiny lock and key from My Mind’s Eye.

The Frankfort sign was cut from a photo.

I created another jar for this square. The compass was stamped, embossed and cut out. I added a brad and game spinner and attached it to the box. The tag is also from Tim Holtz — I cut the die on my Sizzix Big Shot and then stamped the image, distressed it and added it to the box.

The tiny sign at the bottom was cut out from a travel magazine. I then used Glossy Accents to attach it to a clear fragment charm and glued it on the bottom so it stands out from the photo.

I used the same technique to make the charm in this photo.

The No. 2 is Grungeboard that I colored with Distress Ink and then covered with Diamond Glaze.

The book plate is another of Tim’s brilliant creations. The stamp is from his ticket set and the paper is cut with the tag die. They were designed to work together, but also to fit in the metal book plates! Cool, eh.

I used the same stamps and the ticket die to make the title … then I cut out the letters using a QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts die set.

The flowers are from Prima. I so love these!

And, although you can’t see them too well, the word Escape is made from Tim’s letter and blocks Grungeboard set. I colored the letters with Distress Ink and painted the block with Adirondack paint. When dry, I glued the letters to the blocks and then covered them with Diamond Glaze. I love the way they flow together!

When I finished, my husband decided it said Escape 2 West Michigan. It really didn’t … I had separate squares for escape (as in relax), Just the 2 of us, and the destination, but, from a distance, it does say “Escape 2 West Michigan.” Sometimes I think my fingers know more than my brain!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Fling

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the soft colors, the chicks and bunnies, the buds on the trees and the return of the birds.

For the monthly heritage class, I wanted to do something that would celebrate all that I love about spring, but be versatile enough that it could support anyone’s photos on any subject relating to spring.

Using Graphic 45 papers, here is what I came up with …

Some of the techniques included in this class are making charms with shrink plastic, working with Adirondack Color Wash and layering paper flowers.

The class is the third Friday of May at Scrap Tales in Brighton. Call the store at 810-225-9636 to register. See you there!

Steampunk

Steampunk seems to be all the rage in the scrapbooking world.

For this project for Art Glitter, I combined Art Parts from Wendy Vecchi, papers from Graphic 45, beads from Maya Road, and some Idea-ology from Tim Holtz, along with Elements and Glass Beads from Art Glitter to create this …

The only adhesive I used was Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear adhesive. I have to admit — I love the stuff! And, it didn’t bubble or crinkle the papers … even when gluing on a glass jar. (I used the jar leftover from Prima flowers as the base).

I also tried a new technique … well, new to me at least. I applied Designer Dries Clear adhesive on a few select places on the flower I cut out of Graphic 45 paper and then sprinkled clear glass beads on it. It adds a wonderful dimension …My other favorite is Elements from Art Glitter. These are NOT scrapbook appropriate, but they are great on a project like this. I used the Carrot to fill in the bottle cap. I love the earthy quality with just a hint of sparkle …

You’ll find complete details on Art Glitter’s Blog, here.

My Fairy House

When I found this little wooden bird house at Joann’s for only $1, I knew it would make a cute little project. I had planned to decorate it with birds, but somewhere along the way it turned into a house for fairies.

After a light sanding, I sprayed the house with Adirondack Color Wash in Butterscotch. My plan was to fill in the parts of the house that I knew wouldn’t be covered with paper and didn’t feel like trying to get a paintbrush into. But, I loved the effect so much, I ended up leaving the entire front of the house uncovered.

Next, I dry brushed a bit of silver and gold paint (Ranger’s Paint Dabbers) onto the front.

Then, I cut paper to fit (Graphic 45’s Once Upon a Springtime collection) inked the edges with Distress Ink and adhered it with Craft Glue Dots®.

The ribbon was too white for this project, so I inked it with Distress Ink and then used Mini Glue Dots® to attach it to the house.

I used Grungepaper and a QuicKutz tree die to cut the tree, inked it with Distress Ink and then adhered it with Craft Glue Dots® to the back of the house. I added a few Prima flowers with Mini Glue Dots® and then attached Robin’s Nest Dew Drops and some buttons I had in my craft room with Micro Glue Dots® to both the tree and the front of the house.

The butterfly and fairy peeking into the house were both cut from the Graphic 45 paper. I attached the fairy with a Pop Up Glue Dot® to add a little more dimension.

On each side of the house, I made little windows using an idea I got from a friend. I’m not sure how she made hers, but I used a Creative Memories’ square punch to cut first the inner portion and then the outer portion out of real wood paper by Creative Imaginations. I then attached small prints of fairies cut from the same Graphic 45 paper.  I added Prima flowers and some leaves by Jolee’s that I have had forever to create the look of a flower garden on each side.

To give you a better idea of size, the house is only about 4″ tall — perfect for little fairies!

 

I wrote this post while serving on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

It’s Christmas Time!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

I love the music, the ornaments, the lights, the food, and, of course, Santa. I can’t wait to put up my decorations each year and I hate to pack them back away.

So, when Glue Dots® asked me to create a bit of holiday decor, I jumped at the chance. I grabbed a gorgeous collection of paper from Graphic 45, dies by Cheery Lynn Designs, brand new Baubles by Tim Holtz Idea-ology and created this banner …

I had to hang it in order to photograph it and I am not taking it back down, so I can say this is the earliest I have ever had up holiday decorations!

It was really very simple to make …

SUPPLIES:

French Flair Stacker Nesting Dies by Cheery Lynn Designs

Christmas Past Deluxe Edition papers and tags by Graphic 45

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye

Crop-a-Dile and eyelets by We R Memory Keepers

Eyelets by Eyelet Outlet

Vintage Floral Parcel Dimensional Border Stickers by Jolee’s

Baubles and jump rings by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Beads by Melissa Frances and Maya Road

Craft Glue Dots® (the Dot N Go dispenser is the easiest to work with) to adhere the papers together

Pop Up Glue Dots®

Decorative Edge (Stamp) Scissors by Fiskars

Gems by Hero Arts

Detail scissors

Ribbon and gold star (from my stash)

First, I cut out the papers using the die and inked the edges with Distress Ink.

Then, turning each one slightly, so they resemble ornaments, I put in eyelets at the bottom and each side.

Then, you are ready to decorate … each one is different, so I am putting up close-up photos of each section, so you can see what I did.

I am putting up close-up photos of each section of the banner, so you can see what I did. The camera tends to flatten the images, but I am sure you get the idea.

For the first one, I cut out Santa from the paper and adhered with Pop Up Glue Dots®.

For the next one, I layered a smaller sheet of paper, along with a tag and images I cut out of other papers. I used Pop Up Glue Dots to adhere the stamp and tag to provide added dimension. For the others, I used Craft Dots. I added ribbon and a bead to the tag for extra fun.

For the third, I layered several sheets of paper cut with the dies and then used Pop Up Glue Dots to adhere the angel, which I cut out from the paper. I added a flower, cut from the Jolee’s border to the side.

 

For the first one in this group, I used two of the Stacker dies, held together with a Removable Glue Dot in order to run them through my die cutting machine, to make a frame.  I then added another one inside. I cut out the angels from paper and used Pop Up Glue Dots to make them stand out. Finally, I added a gold star from another pack of Jolee’s stickers that I had lying around. (You could use another of the flowers from the Jolee’s border sticker, instead.)

For the next one, I cut out the design from paper and used Pop Up Glue Dots to adhere. I then added a flower and some of the border from the Jolee’s sticker.

The final one in this group is my favorite … I layered several frames to provide dimension and then placed in a design I cut from the paper. I cut out another piece of paper with decorative scissors and inked the edges. Then, to attach it, I used a combination of Pop Up Glue Dots and Mini Glue Dots. This allowed me to bend the paper and twist the paper … I think it provides movement, making it look like a flag blowing in the breeze.

The Stackers dies that I used to make the banner can also be embossed. The first one in this group shows the embossing detail the best. For this one, I layered a few die cut images. The tag, taken from the die cut sheet, is adhered with Pop Up Glue Dots and accented with gems. I then ran the floral border (another part of the Jolee’s sticker) across the banner, trimming the ends to fit perfectly.

The next one features a collage of angels cut from the Graphic 45 paper and adhered with Pop Up Glue Dots onto a layered die cut. For additional movement, you could mix up your Glue Dots, like I did in the last group.

Finally, the last one is a few layers cut with the Stackers dies, accented with a few “stamps” I cut out of the paper with decorative edge scissors. Again, I used the Pop Up Glue Dots on some of the images. Then, I topped it off with one of the flowers from the Jolee’s border.

Once they are all decorated, tie them together with ribbon. For the two ends, I tied on long strips of ribbon in a loop for hanging.

Then, add the Baubles, beads and other danglies to the bottoms with jump rings.

Oh, one more tip … I hate the white edge you end up with when you cut images from paper, so I used Distress Ink to cover it up. It gives your project a finished, professional look.

I hope this inspires you to create an incredible banner, too!

Making cards

I am card challenged.

I know it sounds odd, but I can whip out a 12×12 scrapbook page, a mini album or a home decor project without trouble, but a simple card can kick my butt.

But whenever I am challenged by something, I continue to push myself, trying again and again and again. I’ve discovered its not too hard with beautiful papers, like those from Graphic 45.

These are for my upcoming class at Scrap Tales. We’ll learn how to work with acetate to make unique cards with Graphic 45 paper, alcohol ink, Dies Direct dies, and more.

Contact the store for details … hope to see you there!

Heritage Classes

I love working on heritage pages. It was, in fact, the thing that encouraged me to try scrapbooking in the first place.

In a scrapbook, you have room to go beyond the names and dates of your ancestors. You can share their stories, show the places they lived, their handwriting, what they looked like and more.

Heritage pages are also fun because you can used different styles of paper and embellishments from what you would normally put in a scrapbook. While I may not be willing to spend a lot of time or money on a page about yet another choir concert my daughter performed in, for example, I am willing to do whatever it takes to make a special heritage page — especially since I may have only one photo of that person.

So, I began teaching heritage classes. They are held on the third Friday of each month at Scrap Tales in Brighton. The cost of each class varies, depending on the supplies used, and I try to teach different techniques in each one.

Here are the ones we have done so far …

Baby — using the new birdcage die by Tim Holtz.

At the Beach — using these amazing papers from Graphic 45.

Grandfather — uses more papers from Graphic 45.

Military (this can be customized for any war or military service) is August’s class. It uses papers from Reminisce.

The folder opens so you can include additional journaling or memorabilia. I included a copy of my grandfather’s service record and copies of the ribbons he earned. (I found photos of each on Wikipedia)

And this is the page for September. I didn’t include journaling because I haven’t found much on this couple, YET. These are my great-great grandparents and I prefer to wait until I have more information before I finish it. But, I love this line from Graphic 45.

October’s class will be a Family Tree. I haven’t completed it yet, but if it turns out anything like what it is my head, it will be great. I am using the Heritage cartridge from Cricut to create it.

And, by the time November roles around, the new vintage Christmas line by Bo Bunny should be in the store so we can do a heritage holiday page.

I am also planning on holding a 5-hour crop/class on a Saturday, where we talk about creating pages for the family members without pictures and then have time to work on our individual pages. Perhaps I can find a date in September to hold that one …

It’s lots of fun … you should join us!